Randy Orton & The Legacy def. Triple H, Batista & Shane McMahon (Randy Orton new WWE Champion)

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April 26, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Randy Orton went into Backlash with the odds stacked in his favor, with numerous ways to take away the only part of Triple H's life he had been thus far unable to touch: The Game's WWE Title. Ultimately, however, all "The Viper" needed to seal the deal and walk away from Backlash as the new WWE Champion was the same devastating punt he has used in the past to put Mr. McMahon, Batista and others out for the count. (PHOTOS)

Before the match could even begin, Triple H chased Randy Orton from ringside, rendering the contest a 3-on-2 match-up, with The Game, Batista & Shane McMahon taking on Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase. However, even in The Legend Killer's absence, he still had a chance to walk away with championship gold on account of the match's unique stipulations. If any member of Orton's Legacy were to pin any member of Triple H's team, it would result in "The Viper" becoming the new WWE Champion. As Rhodes & DiBiase struggled to hold their own against their opponents, Orton rushed back to the ring, ready to compete.

With such heated, personal rivalries in play, it should come as no surprise that the match dissolved into chaos, with fights spilling out of the ring. As Batista prepared to clobber DiBiase with a steel chair, Triple H intervened, taking the chair from his opponent. As decreed by Raw's General Manager Vickie Guerrero, if The Game's team were to become disqualified, it would result in Orton leaving Backlash as the new WWE Champion. This brief distraction was all The Legend Killer needed to strike, leveling his nemesis with a RKO. To the amazement of Orton and the WWE Universe alike, Triple H managed to kick out of the subsequent pin. Refusing to accept defeat, "The Viper" lashed out once again, striking The Game in the temple with a sadistic punt.

As The Legacy made their way up the ramp, with Orton clutching the WWE Title, the fans in attendance kept their eyes glued on the ring, where Triple H lay motionless after "The Viper's" attack. Suffering from the same maneuver that has put so many Superstars out of commission -- some permanently -- The Game was loaded onto a stretcher, quickly removed from the ring and taken from the Dunkin Donuts Center in an ambulance as his partners and the WWE Universe looked on in grave concern.

After failing to defeat Triple H for the WWE Championship at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, Randy Orton was starving for a rematch. Meanwhile, the McMahon family was still unsatisfied, and demanded further retribution for the third-generation Superstar's cowardly attacks on Mr. McMahon, Shane McMahon and even The Game's wife, Stephanie McMahon. Hoping for his family to get their pound of flesh from Orton at Backlash, the WWE Chairman set a match with himself, Triple H & Shane McMahon taking on The Legacy.

More was put on the line that very night as Vickie Guerrero announced that The Game's WWE Title would be defended in the match, with Orton winning the championship if he, Rhodes or DiBiase pinned any of their opponents. Later in the evening, the match underwent another drastic transformation as Mr. McMahon forewent his spot in the match, substituting in the returning Batista. The Animal was eager to get his hands on The Legend Killer as it was Orton who put him out of commission for months last year.

With his colossal win at Backlash, the devious Randy Orton has proven that he and The Legacy are indeed a force to be reckoned with. By incapacitating Triple H and taking his WWE Title, "The Viper" has succeeded in destroying everything The Game holds dear, and appears well on his way to establishing a true Age of Orton.

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